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APM Terminals heritage terminal operations began more than half a century ago with a general cargo facility at the Port of New York in 1958. Its history in containerization dates back to Sea-Land and the very first international container operations when the Sea-Land Fairland was loaded with 236 containers bound for Rotterdam at Port Elizabeth in 1966.






Spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic which swept the world, 2020 saw a number of digital firsts from APM Terminals. The company launched an API & Data Services Store, to provide real time data feeds from the company’s Terminal Operating Systems directly into customers’ own transport management systems. 

The company’s industry-leading container tracking platform, Track & Trace reached 22 terminals in 2020 with 3 additional terminals ready for launch in Q1 2021. The ability to see live Truck Turn Times via the website was also introduced for many of its terminals. And to support this functionality with real-time data, the company accelerated the roll-out of 4G LTE Wireless networks across its terminals.

In terms of investments, APM Terminals signed contracts for the expansion of APM Terminals Poti, the new Vado Gateway Terminal was inaugurated, construction of the new Côte d'Ivoire Terminal got underway, rail services were restored at APM Terminals Apapa, Tema Port expansion was completed two months ahead of schedule and the West Africa Container Terminal commenced its expansion to handle growing volumes in Nigeria.



APM Terminals Inland Services portfolio, a network of inland terminals around the globe consisting of 36 business units with over 100 locations, was sold to Maersk. This supports Maersk in becoming the global integrator of container logistics and enables APM Terminals to fully focus on maintaining its position as a world-class port operator. 

APM Terminals signed a memorandum of understanding with Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT) and Mitr Phol Sugar to develop a 345,000 TEU capacity greenfield container terminal in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok River Terminal Limited (BRT) will accommodate Thailand’s rapidly-growing containerized import and export trade.

APM Terminals Moín, Costa Rica was inaugurated, following an investment of around USD 1 billion. The new terminal enables products to be shipped on transatlantic routes to European and Asian markets without transshipment. The Terminal will also move Costa Rica to number 1 for connectivity, out of 139 countries ranked by the World Economic Forum. 

APM Terminals Gothenburg announces plans to become the first terminal to offer fully climate-neutral cargo handling by 2020.

APM Terminals rolls out industry-leading, advanced application monitoring solution, capable of spotting issues with performance before they start to negatively impact operations.

MPS Terminal 3 at Tema Port, Ghana, is inaugurated. With a depth of 18 meters, the new entrance channel to the Port is one of the deepest in Africa, allowing the worlds’ biggest vessels to enter. MPS also invested over 24 million dollars in Customs Inspection Infrastructure and Superstructure to facilitate the smooth movement of trade.




The arrival of two new Super Quay Cranes at APM Terminals Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, marked the start of a plan to increase capacity by more than 20% by 2019.

New pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit, enabled the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), located on the Red Sea, to become a realistic alternative maritime gateway for Iraq-bound cargo. Containers imported into Iraq no longer have to be trans-loaded onto new trucks as they cross the Jordanian/Iraqi border. 

Terminals around the globe introduced additional rail connectivity, including a new block (unitary) train service from APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico, which avoids congestion and delays at other ports to reach hinterland destinations in the US and Mexico.

APM Terminals Poti and the Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a USD $100 million-dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal. The facility will have an annual capacity 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo.




APM Terminals, along with Maersk Line, DAMCO, Svitzer and Maersk Container Industry combine to form the Maersk Transport and Logistics business unit.

The Alabama State Port Authority and APM Terminals approved a $49.5 million expansion of APM Terminals Mobile facility, including a dock extension and an additional 20 acres of improved yard, with an annual throughput capacity of 650,000 TEUs.

APM Terminals Quetzal officially opened on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, with an annual throughput capacity of340,000 TEUs. The new terminal and is a 85%/15% joint venture between APM Terminals and The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

APM Terminals India Inland Services opened a state-of-the- art Inland Container Depot facility in Pune. The 12-acre ICD has an annual throughput capacity of 60,000 containers.

APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas’ Phase I semi-automated deep-water terminal opens on Mexico’s Pacific Coast with an annual throughput capacity of 1.2 million TEUs.




APM Terminals completes the $1 billion acquisition of Grup Maritim TCB’s terminal and intermodal services portfolio representing operations in Barcelona, Castellon, Gijon and Valencia, Spain; Yucatan, Mexico; Buenaventura, Colombia; Paranagua, Brazil; and a new terminal in development at Quetzal, Guatemala.

APM Terminals announced plans for a USD $70 million investment in infrastructure improvements at the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth terminal, at the Port of New York/New Jersey. The upgrades enable the facility to accommodate vessels of up to 13,000 TEU capacity, and increase the terminal’s annual throughput capacity from 1.5 million to 2.3 million TEUs.

APM Terminals Inland Services opened a new intermodal rail facility in San Bernardo, Chile, in the Santiago metropolitan area, with direct rail service provided to the ports of San Antonio and Talcahuano. The USD $1 million investment was funded by APM Terminals’ Chilean affiliate Container Operators SA (Contopsa).  APM Terminals purchased the outstanding 40% of the existing APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S facility from Aarhus Service Holding. 

APM Terminals is named as the operator of a new container transshipment terminal in development at the Tanger-Med 2 port complex in Morocco. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is scheduled to open in 2019 with an annual throughput capacity of 5 million TEUs under the terms of the 30-year concession agreement with the Tanger Med Special Agency complementing the existing operations at APM Terminals Tangier at Tanger-Med 1, which opened in 2007.




Lloyd’s List Global Awards’ “Port Operator of the Year”.




APM Terminals Yokohama named world’s most productive container terminal for second time. Lloyd’s List “North American Port Operator of the Year”. Revenue of $4.45 billion.




Containerisation International “International Terminal Operator of the Year”. Lloyd’s List Asia Awards’ “Port Operator Award”.




Containerisation International “International Terminal Operator of the Year”. Lloyd’s List Global Awards’ “Port Operator of the Year”. Revenue of $4.8 billion.




Lloyd’s List Global Awards’ “Safety Award” winner. Revenue of $4.6 billion.




APM Terminals introduces Inland Services. Revenue of $4.2 billion APM Terminals Aarhus and Cargo Service A/S (a subsidiary of Aarhus Service Holding A/S) combine adjacent facilities in a 60/40 joint venture to be operated as APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S.




Lloyd’s List Global Awards’ “Port Operator of the Year”. Revenue of $3 billion.




APM Terminals began reporting financially as a separate business entity. Container volume reached 34  million TEUs, and 26 new terminals or expansion projects were underway.




Corporate offices moved from Copenhagen to The Hague.




APM Terminals was established as an independent division within A.P. Moller – Maersk in January of 2001.